Internet Insecurity

THE IDENTITY THIEVES ARE OUT THERE--AND SOMEONE COULD BE SPYING ON YOU. WHY YOUR PRIVACY ON THE NET IS AT RISK, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO

My colleague Joel Stein let drop a while back that he was working on a book proposal. I found it a bit frustrating that he wouldn't tell me the topic. Joel had been traveling a lot lately too--to Iceland to interview Bjork; to Hollywood for the Oscars--but he was stingy with details. Where was he going? Whom was he hanging with, and how much money was he spending? I've also wondered what kind of websites he surfs. And, O.K., I wouldn't mind reading his e-mail.

So I did.

Joel went out of town recently, which allowed me to duck into his...

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